T20 World Cup 2021 – Australias Marcus Stoinis fit to bowl in the next warm-up game
Allrounder made 28 off 23 in warm-up win over New Zealand, but did not bowl despite Australia only picking four bowlers
“[My] hammy is good. I didn’t bowl tonight, but it’s tracking pretty well,” Stoinis said. “It feels like it’s on the right track and it’s ready to go. I guess I’ll probably bowl in that next game.”
Marsh was used as the fifth bowling option against New Zealand but was slaughtered, conceding 53 runs in four overs, including 25 in his first over inside the powerplay. The other knock-on effect of Australia’s four-bowler strategy is it forces the spinners to bowl in the powerplay although Ashton Agar and Adam Zampa bowled very well with two men out, conceding just ten runs from their combined two overs, with Zampa picking up the wicket of Martin Guptill.
Australia showed their hand with the bat with Marsh batting at No. 3 and Steven Smith slotting in at No. 4 ahead of Stoinis, while Maxwell was rested. Matthew Wade came in at No. 6 and kept wicket, with Australia’s reserve keeper Josh Inglis playing as a specialist bat but demoted to No.9 in order to give Agar and Starc some practice in a chasing scenario.
Smith and Stoinis combined for a 48-run stand from 39 balls to control the middle of the chase. However, Australia lost 3 for 1 and needed Agar, Starc and Inglis to see them home. But Stoinis was pleased with his own form and the team’s performance despite the obvious rust.
“I think it’s a good start,” Stoinis said. “We obviously haven’t played together for a while, so that was nice to firstly get a win, but two, to try a few new things and give a few people a crack.
“I felt all right. It was nice to spend some time in the middle. I’ve spent a lot of time in the nets lately, so it was nice to get in the middle and just build a little partnership and do what is required for the team.
“I think the way we were scoring was fine. I think ideally, we wouldn’t have lost those three wickets for not many, but I think the scoring rate was fine. We had it in control. Ash and Starcy got it over at the end, and Ingo actually.”
Alex Malcolm is an Associate Editor at ESPNcricinfo